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Gluten Free Crackers with Chia Seeds (and a Party Planning Package!)

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Gluten Free Crackers

Today’s recipe is the result of three very different things. . .

1) a family interest in running

2) a Natural Spa Party Planning Guide

3) a gluten free diet

There really will be a recipe for gluten free crackers at the end . . . bear with me while I explain how it all came about (or just scroll down to see it).

Family Interest in Running

H. and the twins have run a few 5Ks over the last couple years.  (OK – I prepared for and ran one also, but I haven’t run a day since!)  Last fall, all three boys began running with a local cross country team. They have some amazing coaches, and we were introduced to a world of running we never knew existed.   We read the book, Born To Run, by Christopher McDougal and were absolutely fascinated.  The Tarahumara people featured in the book eat a lot of chia seeds.  I’d been using chia seeds here and there, but this renewed our interest in them.  H. looked up recipes for pinole and iskiate, and I started including them in smoothies and snacks.

Natural Spa Party Planning Guide

Kitchen Stewardship may be the first blog I ever started reading.  Its a wealth of information, recipes and ideas related to preparing real food.  Katie recently put together this new e-book:

Fresh Facials and Scrumptious Scrubs

 Fresh Facials and Scrumptious Scrubs: Everything You Need to Host a Natural Spa Party

I got to be a recipe tester for this project.  The book truly is a complete guide (details below) – the only thing missing is a guest list and the supplies to make the recipes.  There are even instructions for hosting a gift making party if you’re not a “spa treatment” person (like me)!  So, what recipe did I test?

Gluten Free Diet

Several years ago we discovered that eliminating the majority of gluten from H.’s diet significantly improved his complexion.  Outbreaks of what looked like severe acne (the doctors had labeled it rosacea) became nearly non-existent.  His digestion also improved.  I enjoy experimenting in the kitchen, so trying out various gluten free grains and recipes has become part of my kitchen life.  I was thrilled to test the gluten free version of Katie’s famous cracker recipe.  What’s a cracker recipe doing in a spa party guide?  Well, the book is so complete that it even includes recipes for real food party snacks!

In my kitchen, those three things add up to:

Gluten Free Chia Seed Crackers

They’re thin, crispy and flavorful.  They’re really yummy.  I guard them fiercely when they come out of the oven so the kids won’t devour all four pans in less than ten minutes.  When they are cool, I have to hide them in the cupboard so I won’t eat a few every time I walk by the container.

Chia Seed Crackers

Gluten Free Crackers with Chia Seeds

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sorghum (milo) flour
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup ivory teff flour
  • 1/2 cup arrowroot starch
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal**
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 2-4 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 8 tablespoons cold butter, solid coconut oil, lard or palm shortening
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • parchment paper
  • salt - for sprinkling on top

Instructions

  • Combine all dry ingredients (the first 9) in a food processor and pulse briefly to combine.
  • Cut butter or other fat into small pieces (about 16) and drop on top of dry ingredients in food processor.
  • Pulse until combined. Mixture should resemble coarse meal or damp sand. Some small chunks are OK.
  • Pour mixture into medium size mixing bowl.
  • Add vanilla to water and add water to the mixing bowl. Mix gently until everything comes together in a pliable lump of dough. It will seem dry at first, but resist the urge to add more liquid.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Divide dough into 4 pieces.
  • Turn a rimmed cookie sheet upside down and place parchment paper on top. Sprinkle parchment with flour. (If you have unrimmed cookie sheets, use them however works best.)
  • Use a rolling pin to roll one piece of dough out on the parchment paper. Continue to flour rolling pin, parchment and dough until very thin, 1/8 inch thick or less.
  • Use a pizza cutter or large knife to cut dough into cracker shapes. Don't try to separate them, just leave the cut dough in place on the cookie sheet.
  • Sprinkle tops with salt.
  • Repeat with remaining pieces of dough.
  • Bake 5-10 minutes, rotating pans half way through baking time. Unless you have a super large oven, only bake two pans at a time.
  • Keep a close eye on the crackers as they bake. The thinner edges will cook faster than the rest, and can get too dark really fast.
  • When the edges are fully baked, remove them to a cooling rack. At this point, I usually do separate the remaining crackers to give them more space on the pan and return them to the oven to finish baking - a minute or two at a time until they are as crisp and browned as you like.
  • When the last batch is returned to the oven, you can turn the oven off and let the residual heat finish the baking.

Notes

**I included the corn as a nod to pinole. If you have a corn sensitivity or allergy, replace it with an additional 1/4 cup sorghum or brown rice.

Buckwheat flour could be used in place of the teff.

Any type of unrefined or brown sugar will work.

Two tablespoons of chia seeds sprinkles them throughout the crackers without becoming overwhelming. Four tablespoons makes a more nutrient dense pre-run snack.

Don't be tempted to roll these out in only two batches. It will be hard to get the whole pan thin enough without running off the edges.

http://joyinmykitchen.com/gluten-free-crackers-chia-seeds-party-planning/

Here’s a picture of the dough rolled out and cut on the back of a rimmed cookie sheet.

gluten free crackers on pan

Other Flavor Options for Gluten Free Crackers

The possibilities that this recipe holds are endless.  I’m already planning several other possible flavors.

  • Garlic Poppyseed
  • Sesame Onion
  • Tomato Basil
  • Cinnamon Spice
More Details on the Party Planning Package

(this is no longer available; check back in the spring!)
Fresh Facials and Scrumptious Scrubs

Package includes all three books pictured (a $20.97 value) for $9.95 (only until Friday, October 17).

You can even purchase a group license that will allow you to give away (party favors?) up to 20 copies each of the two supporting books for $29.95.

Highlights of Fresh Facials and Scrumptious Scrubs: Everything You Need to Host a Natural Spa Party

  • Three different party planning options
  • Sample invitations, supply lists and other printables
  • Party agendas and preparation to-do lists
  • A tutorial on using scrubs
  • Recipes for a myriad of facial treatments and foot scrubs; all use ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen!
  • Recipes for party food – I might go to a party just to eat that food

Like most e-book packages, the purchase comes with some fun bonuses.  You can go here for more details.

You can find lots more information about the whole package by clicking on the image below.

Spa Pamper Party Package

 

Which cracker flavor do you think I should try next?

Shared on Savoring Saturdays, Inspire Me Monday, Homemaking Mondays, Thank Goodness Its Monday, Good Tips Tuesday, Wellness Wednesday, Real Food Friday and Foodie Fridays.

Comments

  1. Hi Abi,
    Just a note to let you know that I have chosen your post as one of features for this weeks Real Food Fridays blog hop that goes live tonight @ 7pm EST. Thanks so much for sharing. Looking forward to all your future posts.

  2. I always love recipes that include Chia Seeds because they are such a wonderful healthy superfood. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Have a healthy happy Thanksgiving.

  3. These look great! I will have to see if I have all the ingredients. I am wanting to make some crackers for Thanksgiving that my gluten free daughter can have.

  4. I am always looking for gluten free recipes for my GF friends. Can’t wait to give this a try. Thanks for sharing at Foodie Fridays. I look forward to seeing your fabulous recipes again this week.
    Blessings,
    Shari

  5. Your crackers look delicious!! Thanks for joining us a the Art of Home-Making Mondays!

    In regards to the running, I was a cross country runner in high school and still get excited about that topic! Since you homeschool, you may be interested in our unit study about the Christian runner, Eric Liddell.

    http://strangersandpilgrimsonearth.blogspot.com/2013/03/running-race-unit-study.html

    Also, the video about the endurance runner from Africa, a true story is wonderful too! It is called “Endurance” and is family friendly.

    Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

    • Sorry I didn’t see this ’til now (it got caught in my spam). Thanks for the unit study and movie recommendations – always need good ones!

  6. Great more flour to get and I thought I was set. Pinned and shared followed you here from the Foodie Fridays link up. Would love for you to share on Real Food Fridays.
    http://yourlife7.blogspot.com/2014/10/real-food-fridays-60-link-up.html

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